I know unsolicited poetry from strangers on the internet is almost always awful, but this poem still holds up for me, which is pretty unusual for anything I've ever written.
So I hope you enjoy it, too:
You took me in on dusky breath,
tasted me, tasted nothing,
gathered by my easy take
that I was oxygen enough
for idle inspiration.
How swiftly my lack became your
lack; my misgiving, your mistake.
Your eyes flashed a baffled
petition as you fell limp in a
thousand different doorways,
cribs, embraces, fits and fields,
yet I pressed after whatever it was
I thought to find in the lowest
parts of Cameroon, as foolish in
love as a gas trapped in a lake.
So I enjoy (and am horrified by) the effect that linebreak had.
Thank you for sharing with us. That was horrifying and lovely.
 My life is full of half-started projects...
300 tons per day at the time.
I visited in 2002. There were danger signs everywhere, advising people to stay away from the lake itself, and away from low-lying depressions.
In such forested areas, there is always a background of natural sounds, but that day, there was almost complete silence. Large swathes of trees, especially those nearer the lake itself, were standing, dead and dying. I found a couple of dead birds on the ground, completely undisturbed.
The whole situation was so eerie that I bugged out even without taking any pictures.
> Although leaves of plants produce oxygen (O2) from CO2 during photosynthesis, their roots need to absorb O2 directly. The high CO2 concentrations in the soil on Mammoth Mountain are killing trees by denying their roots O2 and by interfering with nutrient uptake. In the areas of tree kill, CO2 makes up about 20 to 95% of the gas content of the soil; soil gas normally contains 1% or less CO2.
It's somewhat glossed over in that plants have aerobic metabolism, but uses CO2 to build the fuel for the process.
I am not certain if the green parts will survive at at night time if there is no oxygen in the air.
The danger signs were quite spooky.
Not saying the 8 survivors didn't know what's up, but stuff like this is definitely how religious stories get formed in general.
It's like how the smart thing to do is run to the side of a tree that's starting to fall over (perpendicular to it's projected fall).
A good way of describing it to the locals might be that 'bad gasses come from the lake and cling to the ground, like a leaden miasma from hell'.
Wiki tells that one loses conscience after couple of inhales of CO2.
I assume that those folks went on high ground just after they've heard sound.
Not to say you could have figured out the carbon dioxide part, but you could have developed an understanding deeper than "god" or "spirits".
"I mean, you don't have to know about quantum mechanics, but honestly thinking that there's some magic invisible energy causing the universe to expand? I mean seriously, I think I probably could have come up with some kind of explanation better than 'Dark Energy.'"
His name is James, James Cameron
The bravest pioneer
No budget too steep, no sea too deep
It's him, James Cameron
James, James Cameron explorer of the sea
With a dying thirst to be the first
Could it be? Yeah that's him!
--credit: South Park
Could you elaborate on this? I've never heard or read anybody say anything like this before.
If aliens are visiting earth then it seems to me they're like E.T. (the movie): botanists who could give two shits about humans other than not getting caught. Or entomologists, geologist, what have you. There's a lot more interesting stuff happening on the planet than humans. But humans are full of self-importance and gods and aliens play a role in reemphasizing that self-importance.
that would be strange. A lot of science fiction contains a notion of an alien(s) perceived as a God(s) by native people of the planet being visited.
In case of Jesus we have all the typical stuff - medical nanobots and food replicators, alien species in the "skies" who conquered space and time, and we have pretty clear message (well, we have millions of pages of philosophy written about it, so it is my brief short take on it) - take control over and minimize your violence and develop empathy, and that would speed up (or remove the main obstacles to) the development of your civilization to be able to join the others. Tightly managed, if not abolished, violence and high communication capabilities (direct mind to mind like) are what we think as among the characteristics of developed civilizations. May be it is not the result, may be it is the tool to get there?
Anyway, such attempts to help the development of native civilizations is known to be futile (again, well explored in science fiction) and Jesus obviously was an inexperienced eager to help and frustrated by what he observed observer who went rogue. And thus we have the "Cup of Wrath", the communication with the Mission Command when the Command orders that to minimize consequences of the perpetrated Prime Directive violation the "god scenario" would proceed to completion (which probably didn't include real or full death, yet it was obviously something that one would be happy to avoid - may be something like real death with upload moments before, again going along science fiction lines one can interpret that way the communication with "God" during the crucifixion as well as obvious initial weakness/discomfort with the the new body ("don't touch") when Jesus met Mary after the resurrection (also the 2 angels [dressed] in white busy with some chores right there in the cave after Jesus was resurrected) while some time later he gets used to the body and lets Tomas to inspect it). There is a lot in the story that can be clearly interpreted in the science fiction style, and between God and aliens i bet on aliens :)
Now, here is the really fun part - an idea that we probably do have sample of the Jesus' alien DNA somewhere around (despite the aliens' precautions taken like the hard ultra-violet cleaning of all the biological material in the cave tomb of Jesus) - the "Holy Grail" whatever it is, like say the Dan Brown's child/ancestors of Jesus. Would you like to sequence that DNA? And according to the legends the medical nanobots were still on/with the Holy Grail and still functioning.
I like the Persian gulf one, after all the Sumerians who lived there later had a myth of which the Noah story seems like a retelling.
I stayed on the Rwandan side of Lake Kivu and had a great relaxing time. Met many peace core volunteers.
Lake Kivu is a major source of methane gas, which powers much of Rwanda. I am assuming they are very aware of the dangers. If something like that would happen at the scale of Lake Kivu, it would be a major catastrophe. That said, I encountered nothing regarding the potential of disaster. Nothing like tsunami/flood zone warnings. Rwanda tends to be a bit more western (aka not chaotic African) in its safety precautions. The DRC on the other side would definitely be more lax.
The technology started with a local brewery needing a stable power source. It's super cool. The platform they use is huge.
Despite being relatively enlightened due to living in a modern society, I would be freaked the fuck out if I witnessed this personally.
But maybe not. I don't know what the other options were. Maybe it would have self-extinguished the methane leak if it weren't literally on fire.
"Enough CO2 to blanket a 35km by 35km area at 1 metre deep."
"Enough CO2 that, settled at 1 metre deep, it would blanket the land to nearly 20km away."
I think either really paints a more easily understood picture of what a colossal amount of gas this actually is.
(Someone should check my arithmetic -- it's been a long time since I last applied the ideal gas law.)
If a huge amount of CO2 displaces everything else quickly, there is suddenly no O2 at all and you just faint, then die.
I recently learned that CO2 is toxic to human in large concentrations. It doesn't just displace oxygen in your lungs.
Hydrogen sulfide caused Permian extinction.
My favorite theory is that it was caused by massive increase in volcanic activity which was itself caused by a giant meteor hitting earth.
Er, no, thank you.
By the way, I don't make this comment to embarrass or shame you; just making an observation. Sometimes I too grin at such jokes, but reflecting on the very real lives lost (and the countless family/friends of those who were connected to them) quickly sobers me.
And thanks for mentioning the plugin; downloaded! (I don't care for its use in this particular article but I'm sure it'll give me some chuckles when browsing tech articles)
I'm not saying you shouldn't do it; I just think that it's an interesting observation that in a different culture no one would make the joke. Probably the dettached medium of communication (internet, anonymous) also has to do with this.
That said, "my butt spread far and wide, killing people ..." is hilarious.